Russian Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matvienko at the G20 Speakers’ Summit
Speaking at the G20 Parliamentary Presidents’ Summit meeting on Thursday (October 6th) in Indonesia, Russian Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matvienko suggested to the Ukrainian delegation that the two nations begin peace talks.
“Let’s sit down at the negotiating table today, at the G20 summit. The Russian parliament and the Ukrainian parliament. Let’s try to understand each other, find an agreement,” Matvienko said in a video that was uploaded to the council’s official Telegram channel.
According to Russian news agency TASS, Matvienko was responding to an allegation of Russian aggression in Ukraine made by a Ukrainian delegate. The accusation was described by the speaker as “unsubstantiated” and “unsubstantiated”.
After the meeting, Matvienko told reporters that the negotiations she had suggested could not include Russia’s annexation of Ukrainian-occupied territories. “We are willing to end any further military action in Ukraine, but on the terms offered by Russia,” she continued.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Friday (September 30) that Kyiv would not negotiate with Russia as long as President Vladimir Putin was in power.
“Ukraine will not hold any negotiations with Russia as long as Putin is president of the Russian Federation. We will negotiate with the new president,” Zelensky said.
His remarks come after Putin signed treaties to annex four Ukrainian regions occupied by Moscow, Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk and Zaporizhzhia, in a grand ceremony at the Kremlin.
Pro-Kremlin leaders in the annexed territories have claimed the regions voted to join Russia in referendums that Western capitals and international organizations have not recognized.